Is to Keep California Farming, by educating, informing and bringing awareness to the general public about the current lack of water supply being given to farmers in California, and how it is effecting our economy, food supply, unemployment rates and other vital issues that affect the entire United States.
These issues are not just affecting thousands of Californian’s, but have severe ramifications for the entire United States in general.
- As we shut down farms and continue to allow our California farmers to fallow land, our food will no longer be regulated by the United States government. Our food will be coming primarily from Mexico and China, without the votes of our own citizens in the United States on the standards to which that food is grown.
- The price of food has already, and will continue to increase throughout the entire United States. not just California.
- Unemployment in the San Joaquin Valley is at an all time high and is going to continue to soar as we shut down farms and other farm related businesses. This effect will continue throughout the United States for other businesses you may not even consider, such as logistics companies, insurance companies, and other ag-related manufacturers.
- Shutting down farms in California effects the economy of the entire United States at large, not just California.
- Foods and products you know and love will cease to exist. This can include: almonds, pistachios, figs and artichokes which are primarily grown in California.
What Are The Biggest Issues We’re Facing?
California is ranked highest among all states in terms of water infrastructure needs. A long outdated system has left California vulnerable and will take time and our support to fix
1.) California Must Invest in Meaningful Water Supply Infrastructure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment determined that since 2007, California’s water infrastructure needs increased from $44.2 billion to $44.5 billion. California’s needs include an estimated $26.7 billion to improve drinking water transmission, $8.4 billion for water treatment and $6.4 billion for water storage.
Significant investments are needed to address renewal and replacement, maintenance, security and reliability funding for California’s wastewater infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 California Infrastructure Report Card estimates that $4.5 billion will need to be spent annually for the next 10 years to modestly improve wastewater infrastructure.
The ASCE 2013 California Infrastructure Report Card also found that the backbone flood control and drainage systems serving California cities, including channels, levees, retarding basins, dams and pump stations, vary widely in condition and capacity to prevent flooding from major storms. Levees protect thousands of homes, businesses and critical community infrastructure. It’s estimated that funding shortfalls for regional flood control facilities exceed $2.8 billion annually over the next 10 years.
As regional water quality boards adopt more stringent requirements, local agencies are being called on to adopt expansive and expensive stormwater management programs, requiring funding that simply does not yet exist. The League is currently conducting a survey of its members to assess the magnitude of this need, but anecdotal reports suggest it is immense, and funding options are extremely limited without changes in state law.
2.) Environmental Agencies Must Be Held Accountable for Their Water Use
Between 2012-2013 we flushed 815,000 acre-feet of water into the ocean with no measurable environmental benefit. This was enough water to farm 200,000 acres of land and could have grown 3.2 billion heads of lettuce, 210 million cartons of melons, 20 million tons of grapes and 10 million tons of tomatoes.
In 2015, we are able to see that not only did this not have the desired impact environmentalists had hoped it would, and pushed to move forward with despite scientific proof of their claims, in some cases it has now caused environmental threats to more species.
More about the impacts of unregulated environmental use on California water:
Who Funds Us?
No one actually funds us and we do not accept donations without knowing who they are coming from. This is only because we do not want our mission to be controlled by anyone else’s political agenda. We are not republican or democrat, instead…. we are Pro-California, Pro-Farmers and Pro-United States, as well as, Pro-World-at-large.
We are made up of 100% volunteers from Los Angeles California (web developers, designers, and farmer’s daughters). The only initial funding we have received to support this project, and acquire the necessary assets to get it going is from Don Gragnani Farms who was the first to believe in our mission and our concept.
Gratitude & Credit
We would like to especially thank Borba Farms, California Farm Water Coalition, California Ag Today and California Water Alliance as, with or without their knowledge, they have greatly contributed to providing us the verified facts and quality content we need to stay up-to-date, informed, and educated you, our public, on the most important topics we cover.
Other topics, stories and facts are acquired from highly reputable media outlets that we all can consider authorities on the current drought situation and who are held to the utmost standards of accountability that we can all believe are both, highly reputable and credible.
California is the 5th largest supplier of food to the world and has some of the strictest regulations in the world on how its food is grown. California grows over 200 types of food commodities.